970 Tasting Notes

70

Sipdown! Finished off the last of this today. It’s probably not my favourite green, on balance, but I did come to appreciate its good points by the end of my bag.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80

Sipdown! This will be very sadly missed, at least by me. The flavour of gingerbread was absolutely spot on here — sweet, crumbly, slightly molasses-tinged gingeriness. I didn’t really think “chai” while I was drinking it, but then I didn’t need to. I had a piece of freshly baked gingerbread to drink!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Dustin

Missed? Is it not being sold anymore or are you just referring to your sipdown?

Scheherazade

Both. It’s gone from my cupboard, and it was a Christmas tea.

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70

I’ve been resteeping this one today, and I think I understand it a little better than I did. Not everything is there on the first steep, and I think that’s where I was missing some of the complexity. When I have a moment to savour this, I really enjoy the asparagus notes that come out prominently in the first steep. I find the second grassier, and the third more vaguely vegetal. I’ve been brewing this quite lightly, as it can get quite bitter and astringent if overdone. All in all, though, a pretty awesome green.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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45

Sipdown! This one was really too sweet for me, in the end. It actually spoilt my enjoyment of the flavours, which otherwise I think I would have enjoyed. A nice winter tea, but probably not one I’d revisit often.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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80

Sipdown! Finished up the last of this yesterday evening. It’s the tea from last year’s Della Terra Christmas box that I kept returning to the most, so I think I can probaby say it was my surprise favourite. I love the creaminess, and the hint of eggnog. As winter teas go, it’s pretty perfect in my estimation. Definitely one I’d seek out again next year.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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90
drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
970 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished off the last of this yesterday evening. I’m sad to see it disappear from my cupboard again. It’s been one of the most enjoyable caramel teas I’ve ever tried. Still, lots of new things to try!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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45

Drank another of these this evening. I’m still not overwhelmed, although the flavour appealed to me a little more than it did last time. Maybe because I have a cold? I’ve been drinking a lot of minty teas recently, in an effort to try and soothe my throat. Don’t ask me why mint — it just seems to work.

Anyway, I noticed today that there’s actually very little oolong in here. There’s the odd bit here and there, but it’s mostly mint leaves. There is a distinctive creaminess in the flavour, though, which combines with the mint to replicate a candy-like flavour fairly well. As it cools, it becomes fairly dead-on peppermint cream, so I’m not sure why I haven’t liked it all that much before. As flavours go, it’s pretty accurate, and I like that in a tea. I’ve increased the rating a little to reflect this. I’d still like to have been able to taste the milk oolong, though. It gets pretty lost here.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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100

Sipdown! Finished the last of this off at work over the last couple of days. It’s all that’s been keeping me going at some points, let me tell you. If I ever come across a strawberry tea as amazing as this one, I’ll be stunned. I think my previous tasting note says it all in that respect, though. It’s amazing stuff.

On a related note, I can’t work out how to “like” on here any more. Sad face.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
OMGsrsly

You need to click the teensy weensy heart. :) Requires more manual dexterity than I usually have before my first cup of tea!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, it’s especially difficult to hit that little heart on my ipad!

Scheherazade

I’m not sure that I would have thought of that, although now it seems kind of obvious. Ah, well. At least I can like again!!

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80
drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
970 tasting notes

This was nice and warming for my throat today. It’s been neglected by me, too, so I figured it was about time it took a turn. The cinnamon is a little milder than I remember, but I think that’s at least partly because I can’t taste much at the moment. I must remember to pull this one out more — it’s sad that it languishes at the back of my work shelf.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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70

I’ve had a couple of cups of this one today, so it seems strange that I can’t quite define what I’ve tasted. Today was a fustrating day at work, so I guess I wasn’t really concentrating on what I was drinking that well. I’ll go with what I remember, though.

Mostly, this tasted like a gentle, vegetal green to me. Very light notes of asparagus, maybe? A little grassiness? I did find it very slightly astringent as it cooled, although I did check the water with a thermometer, so I’m not sure why that’s happening. A tad too much leaf, maybe? I’ll try and do better next time.

I enjoyed this as a refreshing green, but I can’t say it’s one that particularly stood out for me. Possibly I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to do it justice. One to reconsider, I think!

Flavors: Asparagus, Grass

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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